Antonio Stradivari, Cremona, c. 1685, the 'Émile Sauret'


Violin: 41459

Dated 1702. . .

Back: One-piece

Top: Not original to instrument

Length of back: 35.6 cm

Upper bouts: 16.8 cm

Middle bouts: 11.2 cm

Lower bouts: 20.8 cm

There are 3 additional images in the archive which are not available publicly. Please contact us for more information.


Notes:

"In notes dated 14th December 1920, and 9th February 1921, Alfred Hill attributed the belly to the contemporary maker Francesco Gobetti who worked in Venice (1690-1745).

We were told by the owner that on 8th November 1969 he consulted Simone Sacconi. His opinion was that the violin dates from 1682 but that the belly is a later replacement by Stradivari. On his return to England the owner reported this to Charles Beare, but he agreed with Alfred Hill's opinion.

On 14th February 2005 Etienne Vatelot of Paris issued a certificate of authenticity stating that in his opinion the violin is a typical example of Stradivari's work of the period 1680-1685."

Gardiner-Houlgate Fine Quality Stringed Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 6, 2006, London, Gardiner-Houlgate Fine Quality Stringed Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 6, 2006, London, London

Provenance

in 1775 Mr. Hammer
... ...
in 1808 Dr. Ernly
- Reverend Jefferson
until 1880 David Laurie
1880 - 1885 Rudolph Gleichauff
1885 - 1920 Emile Sauret
1920 - 1928 John P. Sheridan
1928 - 1965 W. E. Hill & Sons
from 1965 Anonymous
- Current owner

Certificates & Documents

  • Dendrochronology report: John C. Topham, Surrey (2005) Confirms that the table is not original to the instrument; includes cross-matching of the front of the "Sauret" to wood used by Stradivari and wood used by Gobetti.
  • Certificate: Machold Rare Violins, Ltd, Vienna (2005) X-4401. Attributes all parts to Stradivari.
  • Certificate: Étienne Vatelot, Paris (2005) States that the violin is a typical example of Stradivari's work from the period 1680-85.
  • Certificate: W. E. Hill & Sons, London (1965) Attributes the table to Francesco Gobetti and dates the rest of the instrument to 1686-88.

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References

  • The Strad, April, 1926, H. Morgan-Browne, London, Apr 1926 (illustrated)
  • Gardiner-Houlgate Fine Quality Stringed Musical Instruments Auction Catalog, November 6, 2006, London, London (illustrated)
  • How Many Strads? (1999 edition), Doring, Bein & Fushi, Bein & Fushi, Chicago, 1999
  • W. E. Hill & Sons Photographic Archive (illustrated)

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